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Challenges Are Opportunities In Disguise

When Tyler Butler-Figueroa was 4 and a half years old, he was diagnosed with leukemia. He came close to dying several times during his long treatment. When he was well enough to go to school, he was bullied for having … Continue reading

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Calling On Courage

We need courage for all our activities and endeavors, even the most basic ones. Without it we would be crippled by fear and unable to meet any of life’s challenges. Courage is a choice, but what does it look like? … Continue reading

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Celebrating Our Diversity With Unity

Our universe is characterized by diversity, with galaxies of stars and planets, and no two alike. An orchestra is made up of an assortment of instruments, not just violins. Our bodies are made up of multiple organs: each preforming unique … Continue reading

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Inside The Chrysalis

On Sundays we pick up The New York Times from my sister and enjoy a leisurely amble through its pages. Included in each edition is The New York Times Magazine, which features timely articles. I was instantly attracted to an … Continue reading

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Mind The Gap

The London Underground first opened in 1863, making it the oldest rapid transit system in the world. Because of the space between the platform and the train, a recorded voice was installed in 1968 to warn travelers to “mind the … Continue reading

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Being Positive — In Spite Of Circumstances

As we read newspapers and watch news unfold on our phones or TV, we are exposed to a picture full of gloom and dire predictions. The pandemic we’re experiencing is unprecedented in the way it has affected the world’s health, … Continue reading

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Cultivating Self-Compassion

“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.” (The Dalai Lama) Self-compassion isn’t about being selfish or arrogant; it’s about treating our bodies with gentleness, kindness, empathy, and acceptance. It’s about loving ourselves with the compassion … Continue reading

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Embracing Change and Finding Islands of Stability

The last two months have given new meaning to the idea of living with change. Change is always a constant, but its recent accelerated rate has presented more than the usual challenge. When change is painful we often act with … Continue reading

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Our Bodies Are Listening

When fibromyalgia first arrived, it came on so strong that I was taken by surprise, and completely overwhelmed. What started as a shoulder injury turned into a level of full body pain I had never before experienced. I had no … Continue reading

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Going in Circles Does Not Mean You’re Lost

Being married to a pilot gave our family lots of flying experience. For many years we had access to a small airplane (think Volkswagen of the sky), so we enjoyed planning trips using that form of transportation. How different the … Continue reading

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